The second Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts will kick off Saturday at 10 a.m. near Peachtree Hills Park in Buckhead.
The festival is a two-day outdoor event with 150 national artists, live acoustic music and food trucks, plus the new LivingSocial wine festival in the parking lot of the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center.
The center, which opened to the public last fall, partnered with Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces to host the festival.
“Part of our efforts for marketing and getting awareness to ADAC is by doing partnerships like this, but it has to be the right match. It can’t be just any festival,” said Katie Belveal, the center’s general manager.
She said the center wants to support the local community.
“I think it brings more awareness to this area of town,” she said. “There are great parks around town with festivals, but … this brings recognition to this quaint area of town as well. I’m excited for the people around here.”
Foundation co-founder Randall Fox said the festival is the group’s “upper-end” fine arts event for the year, and it includes painters, two- and three-dimensional artists, potters and clay and glass workers.
“We try to do something reflective of ADAC and the neighborhood,” he said.
“It’s different than, say, Midtown. … It’s going to be a little more casual in the sense that it won’t be so big.”
Artists are coming from as far as New York and California, Fox said, and there will also be some hands-on art activities for children.
“It’s a casual afternoon stroll with the family on a tree-lined, shaded street,” he said.
The Living Social VIP wine experience will take place both days at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Fox said, and will include 100 wines from 40 local wineries, as well cheese pairings from around the world.
If you go:
o What: Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts
o When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
o Where: 308 Peachtree Hills Ave., Buckhead
o Tickets: Free
o Information: www. peachtreehillsfestival. com/ and http://livingsoci.al/ 18nlRTg